Obituaries of Reuben Cone Hayden
This obituary appeared in the
R.C. HAYDEN PASSES AWAY
Well Known Young Society Man Dies From Pneumonia After Short Illness.
WAS A PROMINENT CLUBMAN.
The death of the Young Man May Have the Effect of Putting an End to Litigation Involving Much Valuable Property--A Gentleman Close to His Relatives Thinks the Suit Filed Will Be Withdrawn--Mr. Hayden's Lawyer Seems to Think Differently.
alt="Newspaper Image of Reuben Cone" align=left hspace="10" vspace="5">Mr. Reuben C. Hayden, one of the best known and most popular young men in the city, died at 2 o'clock this morning at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Harry H. Hightower, 167 West Peachtree street.
Mr. Hayden has been ill since January 14th with typhoid pneumonia, and though it was known for some days that his condition was critical, his death has proved a severe shock to his relatives and friends.
From the first he seemed to realize that he would not survive his illness, and he stated on yesterday that he knew he would soon die, but that he had no fear for death. The following relatives survive him:
His mother, Mrs. J. A. Hayden; his brother, Julius A. Hayden; his sisters, Mrs. A. M. Thrasher of Sanford, Florida; Mrs. E. H. Phillips, Mrs. Geo W. Harrison, Mrs. Harry H. Hightower, Mrs. R. C. Whitner, of Atlanta, and Mrs. John G. Williams of Washington, D. C. Mrs. Williams is at present in Atlanta on a visit, and Mrs. Thrasher has been telegraphed for.
A Well-Known Clubman
Mr. Hayden was 28 years old. His father, Judge J. A. Hayden, was one of the most prominent men in Atlanta during the early days of the city. The young man was a member of the insurance firm of John A. Bowie & Co., and a conspicuous figure in social as well as business affairs. He was vice president of the Young Men's Athletic Club. and a member of the Capital City Club, and the Piedmont Driving Club.
The funeral services will take place at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence of Mrs. Hightower. The interment will be at Oakland.
The following friends of Mr. Hayden will act as pallbearers: A.J. Orme, M. M. Jackson, E. C. McCune, R. F. Shedden, Frank M. Inman, Charles Matthews, jr., W. P. Hill, and Ulric S. Atkinson.
Death May End Litigation
The effect the death of Mr. Hayden will have on the large number of suits he he had filed to recover an eighteenth interest in a vast amount of valuable property is not yet known.
A gentleman who is very close to the members of the family said this morning that he thought Mr. Hayden's death would end all of the litigation.
"The members of the family were averse to the litigation," he said, "and I know they have taken absolutely no interest in it. Reuben has been criticized for his conduct in it, but it was not his desire to oppress any one. Shortly before his death he gave quit claim deeds to about thirty poor people whose property was involved. They went to him for the purpose of making settlements, but he declined to take their money.
"From the view that his relatives have previously taken, I would think his death would put a stop to all of the suits which are still pending, but I do not speak authoritatively. If he made any reference to this litigation during his illness I have not heard of it."
Mr. Hayden's Lawyer Talks
Judge R. T. Dorsey, Mr. Hayden's attorney, when asked what the effect of Mr. Hayden's death would be, said:
"The effect will be to delay the litigation, that is all. An administrator will be appointed, and the suits will be continued in his name. A great many of the cases have already been settled and there are not so many remaining. I suppose there are about 100 left."
When asked if there was any likelihood of the relatives deciding to stop the suits Judge Dorsey said he did not know, but it would be possible to dismiss the suits upon the payments of the costs already incurred.
The interest which Mr. Hayden had in the litigation was derived from a marriage contract made between his grandmother, Mrs. Lucinda Cone, and Judge Underwood. The contract provided that Mrs. Underwood should have a life estate in the property and at her death it should go to her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Hayden, and to Mrs. Hayden's children. As one of the children, Reuben C. Hayden was held to be entitled to 1-18th of all of the property involved.
The following article appears in The Constitution,, Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, January 23, 1899
DEATH OF MR. RUBEN HAYDEN
Died This Morning at 2:00 o'clock After an Illness of Little More Than One Week.
Ruben Cone Hayden, one of the best known young insurance men of Atlanta, died this morning at 2:00 o'clock in the residence of his sister, Mrs. H. Hightower, 167 W. Peachtree street. His death resulted from typhoid pneumonia, with which he became ill January 14th. Until his death he received the constant attention of physicians, but they were unable to arrest the progress of the malady.
Mr. Hayden was a member of the insurance firm of John A. Bowie & Co., and had many friends throughout the state. He had reached the age of 28 years. He is survived by his brother Julius Hayden, and five sisters--Mrs. George W. Harrison, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Harry Hightower, of Atlanta, and Mrs. A.M. Thrasher of Sanford, Florida. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The following article appeared in The Constitution,, Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, January 24, 1899
FUNERAL OF RUBEN C. HAYDEN
Services Will Be Held This Afternoon at 3:00 o'clock.
HE WILL BE INTERRED IN OAKLAND.
He Had Been Ill Only a Short While and His Death Was Quite Unexpected.
Funeral services over the body of Ruben C. Hayden, who died yesterday morning at 2:00 o'clock at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Harry H. Hightower, 167 W. Peachtree street, will be conducted this afternoon at 3:00 o'clock at the residence of Mrs. Hightower, the interment following immediately afterwards in Oakland cemetery.
Mr. Hayden was one of the best known young business men of Atlanta. He was a member of the insurance firm of John A. Bowie & Co., and represented a number of companies.
In social affairs Mr. Hayden was a conspicuous figure. He was a member of the Capital City Club, the Piedmont Driving Club and was a vice president of the Young Men's Athletic Club. He was very popular, and was considered one of the leaders of Atlanta society.
He had been ill since January 14th, when he was seized with an attack of typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Hayden from the first maintained that it was his last illness, and during the early part of last week informed the members of his family that he would never recover. He accordingly directed a letter to his mother, to be opened after his death. This disposed of his personal effects, which he distributed among members of his family and friends.
He had reached the age of twenty-eight years, and had spent the greater portion of his life in Atlanta, although he was well-known throughout the south, but especially in Little Rock, Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville, Augusta and Savannah. Mr. Hayden is survived by the following relatives:
His mother, Mrs. J. A. Hayden; his brother, Julius A. Hayden; his sisters, Mrs. A. M. Thrasher of Sanford, Florida; Mrs. E. H. Phillips, Mrs. George W. Harrison, Mrs. Harry H. Hightower, Mrs. R. C. Whitner, of Atlanta, and Mrs. John G. Williams of Washington, D. C. Mrs. Williams is at present in Atlanta on a visit, and Mrs. Thrasher has been telegraphed for.
Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon by Rev. R. O. Flinn, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and the following gentlemen will act as pallbearers: A.J. Orme, M. M. Jackson, E. C. McCune, R. F. Shedden, Frank M. Inman, Charles Matthews, Jr., W. P. Hill, and Ulric S. Atkinson.